Senator Amy Volk to Serve as Assistant Majority Leader

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUSTA- The Senate Republican Caucus today elected Senator Amy Volk (R-Cumberland) to serve as their Assistant Leader. Senator Volk is currently in her second term in the Maine Senate, representing District 30. She has also served two terms in the Maine … Continue reading Senator Amy Volk to Serve as Assistant Majority Leader

Maine Legislature’s Committee of Conference Approves Budget

Contact: Jim Cyr Communications Director Office of the Maine Senate President (207)287-1501 AUGUSTA – The Committee of Conference appointed by the Maine Legislature to reach a budget agreement tonight approved a proposal to send to the full Legislature. The committee vote was 5-1. The agreement includes an additional $162 million in education funding, achieving the … Continue reading Maine Legislature’s Committee of Conference Approves Budget

Senate President Appoints Senators to Committee of Conference to Reach Budget Agreement

Contact: Jim Cyr Communications Director Office of the Maine Senate President (207)287-1501 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUSTA – Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) today appointed three members to a committee of conference in an effort to reach an agreement following an impasse over the state’s biennial budget that begins on July 1, 2017. Joint Rules … Continue reading Senate President Appoints Senators to Committee of Conference to Reach Budget Agreement

Tip Credit Restoration Bill Receives Initial Approval in Senate

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUSTA – On a vote of 23 - 12, a measure to restore the tip credit in Maine garnered bipartisan support on the initial vote in the Senate, following a record-breaking 12-hour public hearing and a strong bipartisan vote out of … Continue reading Tip Credit Restoration Bill Receives Initial Approval in Senate

Senate Republican Budget Would Fund State Education at 55 Percent

Senate President Says it Can Be Done Without New 10.15 Percent Tax Bracket  AUGUSTA – Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) today announced Republicans have found a way to reach the long-sought-after goal of the state funding 55 percent of local education costs, and that it can be done without the new highest-in-the-nation tax bracket, … Continue reading Senate Republican Budget Would Fund State Education at 55 Percent

Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee to Hear Ranked-Choice Voting Bills

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUSTA- Following the unanimous ruling by the Maine Supreme Court finding ranked-choice voting, passed on the ballot last November, to be unconstitutional, the Legislature’s Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs is slated to hold a public hearing on two ranked-choice voting … Continue reading Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee to Hear Ranked-Choice Voting Bills

Supreme Judicial Court Finds Ranked-Choice Voting Unconstitutional

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Supreme Judicial Court Finds Ranked-Choice Voting Unconstitutional AUGUSTA – The Supreme Judicial Court today released a decision in response to the Maine Senate’s solemn occasion request finding ranked-choice voting, as passed on the ballot last November under Question 5, to be … Continue reading Supreme Judicial Court Finds Ranked-Choice Voting Unconstitutional

Labor Committee Passes Tip Credit Restoration Bill on Divided Majority Vote

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUSTA – After weeks of careful consideration and more than twelve hours of public comments, the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee (LCRED) today voted to support restoring the tip credit, passing LD 673 on a 11 OTP-AM - 2 … Continue reading Labor Committee Passes Tip Credit Restoration Bill on Divided Majority Vote

Maine Republican Leaders United on Opposition to Three Percent Tax Hike

Maine Republican Leaders United on Opposition to Three Percent Tax Hike Senate President and House Republican Leader Say Budget Cannot Include Highest in the Nation Tax Bracket AUGUSTA – With the state budget deadline approaching, Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) and House Republican Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) today announced any two-year budget agreement cannot … Continue reading Maine Republican Leaders United on Opposition to Three Percent Tax Hike

Maine Senate President Statement on Historically Low Unemployment Rate

Contact: Jim Cyr Communications Director Office of the Maine Senate President (207)287-1501   “Over the past six years, Republicans in the Maine Legislature have worked tirelessly to lower taxes and enact other policies to promote job growth and investment in our state. This historically low unemployment figure is validation of those efforts by legislative Republicans … Continue reading Maine Senate President Statement on Historically Low Unemployment Rate